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The Pit Authentic BBQ
The Pit Authentic BBQ

The Pit Authentic BBQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepit-raleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 890-4500
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Darrell Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Mollyann Russell at (919)829-0833 or mollyann@thepit-raleigh.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dawson Street
  • Public Transit: The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking all day, every day. Street parking anywhere after 5pm
A word from The Pit Authentic BBQ
Empire Eats is proud to present The Pit Authentic BBQ: whole hog pit cooked BBQ featuring all natural, free range pigs raised right here in North Carolina. The Pit is located in Downtown Raleigh’s Historic Depot District and is helping establish North Carolina’s Capital City as a destination for the state’s signature cuisine in an elegant and lively atmosphere. Our Menu… Our team has crafted a menu that features our signature North Carolina BBQ, slow cooked over hickory and coal and inspired seasonal appetizers, entrees, sides and artful desserts. Our commitment to utilize the freshest, locally grown produce and seasonal ingredients allows the menu to continually evolve throughout the year. Private Dining… The Pit has private dining accommodations for parties of almost any size. Contact private events at catering@thepit-raleigh.comContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was wonderful, friendly, helpful and efficient wait staff. The food was just ok, not bad, not great. It's a great scene and their beer list is really good."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great experience! The best BBQ place in town. Love this place!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Our 12-person team ate here for lunch. The wait staff was fast, accurate, and knowledgeable. The appetizers and meals tasted very good, according to the team. This level of service for a large group is hard to find in downtown Raleigh. We will be going back, very soon."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The Pit was a great place to take the family. It came highly recommended, and I would recommend The Pit to everyone. We were told to go empty because we would need the space for all the great food, we were told we would "stupid eat" both hands with food. And they were right I found chicken in one hand and a biscuit in the other and had to stop and laugh at myself. We had a wonderful time and the wait staff were very personable and friendly. Great service from the time I made the reservation until we left. We will be back again and again and again."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food is always great and I like the three waiter system - never had an empty glass! You may be well known for your BBQ, but the fried chicken is about the closet thing ever to my Mom's home cooking - loved it. The online reservation system worked perfectly, walked right in and was seated immediately."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food is wonderful, great menu for all types of diets, and the gluten free selections were extraordinary. Street parking is difficult to find, and the lot was expensive, but the pit has their own FREE valet parking"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Just very underwhelming! Food was mediocre, service was rushed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Reservations via internet super easy to do with fast email confirm-but when our party arrived we were not allowed to be seated until at least 5 or more of the party were there. We were only a party of 7 with one couple running a little late so NONE of us could be seated until they came-we eventually just changed ourselves to a party of 5 so we could be seated. But this took a talk with the manager to accomplish. Once seated the waiter stood over us for our order. We finally asked if we could have a little time to look at the menu as it was our first visit, he left but came right back! In contrast I later had to stop him for the one refill of tea I received. But food was fabulous and was on the table super fast. I intend to go back!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our whole party enjoyed our food, although I did notice our servings were significantly smaller than when I ordered the same meal last month. They were able to seat us immediately - even though we were 20 minutes early for our reservation - however the tiny "check-in" area was crowded and awkward b/c of people hovering over nearby diners. I was glad that our party wasn't seated close to that area! Overall, it was a good experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were disappointed with the beef brisket which had no smoked flavor - it could have been a pot roast! The BBQ sauce helped somewhat. The chopped pork was clean (little fat, no bones) but only mildly flavored. The vinegar sauce gave it a some taste but without much red pepper flavor that I crave. These meals were over-priced for the quality, in our opinion. Our server, John, was a bright spot in the experience, however. He's "living the dream"."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Loved it!! The service was great. The hospitality of the entire STAFF was really heartfelt and genuine - not phony. Why is 'The Pit' not in Charlotte, NC? We need you here! The food was Awesome! I will be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our first visit with visitors went very well. The food was great and the service was very good. I would certainly recommend if considering BBQ in Raleigh."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Brisket was boring, they were out of pulled pork and ribs were overlooked. We ordered the Sunday Supper complete meals. We were told it was family style, all you can eat. Since we ignored the brisket we accepted an offer of more ribs. When we got the bill, they had added $8 for the ribs. A beer was $8. Dinner fir 2, $62 before tip. Very disappointed and feel ripped off. Will not return"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My first experience at the pit was great! Will definitely eat there again!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Good selection of "Q", didn't much care for the batter fried onion rings (Greasy and doughy - dipping sauce not my favorite, a plain ranch dressing would have been better). Great service and friendly staff. A bit noisy, but a fun place to eat."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It's been a while since I have been here for dinner. The service was very good and we felt taken care of. The disappointment was with the food, once again. The last time here, the brisket was very, very dry and even the sauce could not save it. While not as dry this time, it still was not very good. I did try the BBQ Turkey, which was in fact very good, tender and moist. The sides I had (Baked Beans, Potato Salad) were just ok. The other appetizer / free items were really good though (hush puppies and biscuits). Overall, a good experience with the reservation piece of things and a so-so experience at the restaurant itself."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Have both NC styles of BBQ, fantastic appetizers, excellent desserts big enough for sharing. Bring an appetite so you can try a little bit of everything."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My was in town for a visit and we took him there for lunch. He enjoyed it and suggested we come more often."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have been to The Pit several times since moving to Raleigh 3 years ago but was unaware of "The family Style Menu" which was perfect for us. We got to sample different several options without a hefty price tag nor an over abundance of food. The service was engaging which added to a perfect Birthday celebration."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was great, service was just ok - nothing special, server very slow. There was a wedding party in one section that was very noisy. We were seated in the back room which we didn't really care for. I'd come back for the food but the atmosphere is not really great. Also, Davie street was blocked off for a street party. Would have been nice if The Pit would have mentioned that when they called me earlier in the day to confirm the reservation. It made finding parking a bit of a challenge."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I try our best not to have high expectations of new restaurants to us because of previous let downs . "The Pit" however exceeded any we could have imagined . Started off great we had a reservation at 4:30 got there early and was sat at 4:09 . Awesome start ! The food was amazing , never had BBQ taste so good . I can't believe my husband and I didn't discover this gem early . Service was great never had to ask for a refill the waiters were always checking (from afar at that not over bearing ). Just such a great restaurant and pretty affordable"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The family dinning was great 14.95 a person, two apps, two main, two dishes and a dessert and you get to take home leftovers on the table."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " This was my second outing to the restraunt and again I was most satisfied. The brisket is outstanding!!! The only thing I miss was the basil mojito....it should be a standard on the cocktail menu!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Planned this weeks in advance knowing we would only be in town one night. Brought people from 4 states. Everyone loved it. Service was awesome. Food is always amazing."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food, service and a great time! Definitely going back again!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We did make a reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes for a table-but it was worth the wait! Service was very quick and attentive. The food was incredible-we all got the double combo and all had left overs. Will definitely be visiting again!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Attentive and personable service by Canton and Josh, excellent dishes, and just an overall good time. Glad our group came here."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Free valet parking but I don't trust car jockeys to drive my car. It's difficult to find street parking in that downtown area. I asked for seating in the quietest part of the room but there is no such place. The dining room is noisy, making normal conversation difficult. The service was indifferent with only one checkback. More butter? Sure! but the requested butter came as we were about to leave. Portions were adequate. Flavors mediocre. Presentation lacked inspiration. A poor dining value -- prices were high relative to food quality. As a total dining experience -- two stars out of a possible five."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This was my fourth time eating at "The Pit" and it was good, but not great. We were seated very quickly, but took a minute for the waitress to stop by. When I ordered my specialty beer she informed me that it was a seasonal beer and they probably don't have it......I had to ask, "Then why is it on the standard menu?" Not a good start, but I will give credit to the waitress for not taking my frustration personally and finding my second choice. I can honestly say the food was better than any other previous visit. Throughout the meal we had 3 different wait staff stop by to check on us, fill water glasses, or clear the table. I think this is key to a great staff, sharing the work load and it doesn't go unnoticed."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The biscuits were burned. Normally their biscuits are nice and fluffy and wonderful, but the chef actually let burned biscuits leave the kitchen! I was so disappointed, especially since we had friends visiting from out of town who have heard how great the Pit is for years!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We grew up in ENC and our family harbors its own secret BBQ sauce recipe. We also have excellent cooks on both sides of our family and we grew up enjoying (the long closed and VERY missed) Simp's BBQ after a day boating on the Albemarle Sound. The Pit was an upscale version of an excellent ENC BBQ joint. How about opening in Eastern NC and helping us bring back this long missed piece of history.... http://simpsbbq.tumblr.com/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/7778301@N05/5206074359/"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The good was phenomenal, the service was great and special attention was paid to my spouse who was celebrating his birthday."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love The Pit! We bring everyone from out of town for dinner, but this last time we didn't go until around 9:45-10:00 and it was terrible! The service was horrible (we had 4 servers - 3 of which couldn't smile at all), we got our food literally 2 minutes after getting our appetizer, and the food was cold. Most of us brought most of our dinners home. I was so disappointed and embarrassed to have been bragging about the food to our out of town guests. I said I would recommend The Pit but not after 8:30/9:00!! It's so sad... I hate when you have to have these restrictions on places."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We heard the beef brisket was good. We ordered and was disappointed. There was more fat that other briskets we have had. The sides were very good and the fried Permintos cheese was good too."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We all really enjoyed it. The food was great, we all got plenty to eat, except the meat loaf portion is very small compared to other portions. The lunch service was fast and great! We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food, service, location and setting perfect for "tailgating" before an event at Red Hat Amphitheater!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Ordered the baby back ribs and pulled pork combo plate and was very happy. Right around 20 dollars for the plate and we all ordered different things to try a bit of each others. I did not taste anything that I didn't really like. Very happy."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The service was great....very attentive and always looking to see if you need anything....Great Service."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I had another delicious meal. I ordered the chicken wings again for an appetizer. They smoke & then fry them. Best wings we've ever had - a little crispy on the outside & tender on the inside & the rub on them is delicious. I raved about the brisket to my husband , so he had that. He said it was delicious & wouldn't share, I barely got a taste of his mac & cheese side ( thick, cheddar cheese) . I had the pulled pork which was tender & full of hickory smoke flavor. My husband enjoyed a beer from one of the NC breweries, & we had the key lime pie the waitress recommended. It was made with a saltine crust instead of a graham cracker crust - outrageous! Great hushpuppies & biscuits too."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I first became familiar with Ed Mitchell's place in Wilson,before the Pit even opened. I came to the Pit because of Ed's involvement. Michael Pollan has written about Ed and eastern N.C. BBQ in his most recent book."
    Dined on 7/27/2014